Saw this cute little bug friend on my carambola tree yesterday. Any idea what species it is? or if it's male or female? It's maybe... 2ish inches? I live in the midwest.
Often key elements are found on the mantis underside, not visible in your picture. Your insect might be a nymph, not yet fully adult.
European mantis is the most common species.
She was very small, at least much smaller than I've ever seen. I think I read somewhere that the females have more ridges on their underside than males, and when I moved the tree for maintenance to powerwash my deck, I checked her out and I think it's female. I haven't seen her for a while now. She left shortly after that. Thanks for the reply!
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